The superintendent of the District's large Lorton correctional complex was charged Sunday with driving with a suspended license, driving without proper registration and speeding after he allegedly uttered obscenities and racial epithets at the arresting white officer.
According to the Prince George's County police officer's report. Marion D. Strickland, 41, the District corrections official, called him a "rabble rousing white honky" among other things after Strickland was stopped in Seat Pleasant for alleged speeding.
Strickland, who is black lives at 714 Sheridan St., Hyattsville, was on annual leave yesterday and could not be reached.
According to D.C. corrections officials, Strickland was corrections officer and caseworker before being put in charge of the entire 3,800 acre reservation housing some 2,300 inmates about 20 miles from Washington in the Virginia countryside. The post pays him $36.043 a year.
According to Prince George's police spokesman Sgt. Robert Law, Strickland was stopped Sunday at 2:45 p.m. while driving a 1975 Cadillac in the 6000 block of Addison Road, Seat Pleasant.
Strickland had been clocked at a speed of 46.8 miles an hour in a 30-mile-an hour zone by Pte. J.H. Vincent's radar gun, according to the officers report quoted by Law.
A check of Strickland's license and registration through police computers, however, showed that the license had been suspended and that the registration fitted the tags on the car but not the car itself, police said. Instead according to police, the registration was traced to a 1971 Cadillac in Strickland's name, and the serial number for the 1975 Cadillac Strickland was driving showed no registration.
While the computer check was being made, according to Vincent's report, Strickland became belligerent and told the officer to "give me my (obscenity deleted) ticket so I can get out of here."
Strickland was told he was under arrest for driving while suspended, improper registration, and operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle. Strickland, according to Vincent's report, repeatedly refused the officer's request to get out of his car.
Vincent, his report said, then told Strickland he would be forcibly removed from the car. Strickland allegedly replied that Vincent was "a white (obscenity deleted) honky and I had no probable cause to lock him up."
Strickland said he, too, was a law enforcement officer "and I couldn't arrest him," Vincent said in his report. Strickland then allegedly called Vincent "a rabble-rousing white honky."
Strickland was then handcuffed and taken to Seat Pleasant where he was released on his personal bond pending trial. Strickland's car, meanwhile, had been left parked but his plates, registration card and driver's license were taken to be turned into the state Motor Vehicle Department.
"As I understand it, it was Sunday, his day off," said William R. Plaut, executive assistant to D.C. Corrections chief Delbert Jackson, "and I understand he was driving a private vehicle . . . We (the department) drive all old used Fords."
Strickland has a master's degree in social work from Geroge Washington University and received two departmental awards for superior and outstanding performance on the job. He has worked for the D.C. Corrections Department for almost 14 years.